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Wild Black Margins

Wild Black Margins

(p.137) 14 Wild Black Margins
Mistinguette Smith
University of Chicago Press

This essay contrasts traditional conservation perspectives with self-described black experiences of relationship to land. Interviews with black people about their relationship to land describe experiences of unbounded intimacy with the natural world found with equal measure in urban, rural, and “wilderness” spaces. Questioning the hard boundaries between wild and cultivated life, interview participants describe black relationships to land as creating a liminal space where history meets and becomes part of the natural landscape. Social marginalization based on race is revealed to create both enduring transgenerational land-based harm and a unique ecotone, filled with diversity, resilience, and the seeds of wild black knowledge.

Keywords:   black land, race, margin, urban wild, boundaries, ownership, ecotone

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